It is the fourth round weekend of the FA Cup so naturally, Newcastle United, as is the tradition are now idle having got a bizarre derby friendly with the Mackems out the road. We lost 6-0. What was the point of this fixture? Will McClaren ever get anything right?

Anyway, there’s no reason to be without a football fix this weekend. Non-league football in the North East is doing as well as it has for many years (doubtless in part because so many Mags are completely disillusioned with Newcastle United) and we’ve picked out a few bits and pieces for you to have a look at. Its by no means extensive and if any of you have any recommendations of your own, please feel free to give them in the comments boxes below with as much information as you like.

Have a great Saturday, where-ever you end up. 


Some interesting fixtures and good days out around the Northern League this Saturday. As far as eye-catching games, I’dHeaton2 say Durham City v Ashington at NFP is an attractive one, nowt like a trip to Durham City and its excellent pubs with a good football match to set off a Saturday but there’s also a decent day in Alnwick with Town v Easington Colliery at St James’ Park which has its attractions.

Of course, our friends Heaton Stann are at home to Chris Waddle’s old team, Tow Law at Grounsell Park and there’s few better places to take in a match than with a team in B&W stripes playing within the city boundaries.



There are a few Vase fixtures this weekend but for me the non-league game of the weekend is Morpeth Town v North NorthShieldsUltrasShields in the 4th round. I’m sure The Robins will be taking a good support to Northumberland and as holders will be determined to defend their trophy. I suspect this will be a well-contested affair and whoever wins, we all hope they go as far as possible in the competition and the trophy stays in the North East.

You can see all of the Northern League and FA Vase fixtures by clicking here.



There is no better place in the world to watch non-league football than Croft Park, home of The Spartans of Blyth. BlythCroftEverything about Croft Park is mint. It is based in a proper, traditional, working class community and it has pubs and chip-shops surrounding it and let’s not forget its superb club house where you can get a pint. Then of course there is the magnificent strip – a brilliant combination of Green & White stripes, Black Shorts and  socks. I’m something of a sucker for The Spartans.

There’s the whole romance of The Spartans but there’s also the football. The Blyth lads are currently top of the Evo-Stik league and defeated current media darlings Salford City in the week to cement their top spot. There is good winning football being played at Croft Park and we could all do a lot worse than to get along to their game with Grantham Town this weekend. Hopefully Spartans will win again and keep going forward.

Have a look at more Blyth crack here:



There is a very attractive game in the National League down at the International Stadium this Saturday as The Heed take Gateshead v Cambridge United - Skrill Conference Premieron Grimsby Town in one of the most attractive fixtures of the season. Grimsby currently sit in third and will be anxious to be in the mix for play-off places and undoubtedly harbor ambitions of a return to the Football League. Those of us of a certain vintage have fond and not so fond memories of games against The Mariners, Kevin Drinkell eta al. Gateshead have Play-Off ambitions of their own and now in ninth, Neil Aspin’s team still have it all to play for. There should be a good turn-out at Gateshead and the home fans as ever will be in fine voice.

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If you just fancy an afternoon in front of the fire though, here’s your reading material courtesy of your mates at true faith: